There are some great cars to look forward to in 2014, so if you’re in the market for a new one it might be worth holding out!
It’s official. 2014 is going to be a great year for motoring. Never-before-seen models and new names will combine with the familiar to bring us a generous range of choice.
Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the ones you should know about…
BMW Active Tourer (Due Summer):
The 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first-ever front-wheel-drive BMW when it arrives late in 2014. Despite sharing a name with the 2 Series Coupe, the Active Tourer will use a platform from the new MINI, called UKL1.
Ford Mondeo (Due Autumn):
There will be a range of new engines, including a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost. Diesel options will be 1.5 and 2.0-litre TDCis, with at least one emitting less than 100g/km of CO2.
Fiat 500X (Due Summer):
The latest member of the Fiat 500 family is set to be a small crossover, built to rival cars like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur.
Nissan Qashqai (Due February):
The first-generation, British-built Qashqai was not only a money-spinner for Nissan, but also set a trend in the industry. Yet with so many new rivals, the Qashqai MkII faces a harder time. Refinement is said to be much improved, giving the Qashqai a more grown-up feel, while the raft of new technology includes an electronic differential that brakes the inside wheel in corners to maximise grip.
Audi Q7 (Due October):
The new Audi Q7 is significant for several reasons – for starters, it will debut a new three-dimensional grille that will be applied to all future Audi SUVs. The new Q7 will feature full LED headlights and 4G connectivity as options. Like the Range Rover Sport, a third row of seats will also be offered, while four, six and eight-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines will be fitted, along with a Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
SEAT Leon Cupra (Due March):
The Cupra should outmuscle the 265bhp Renaultsport Mégane and 247bhp Ford Focus ST, although it can’t match the 276bhp Astra VXR. It should get all that power on to the road, too, as it’s available with the same optional front differential as the flagship Golf.
Audi A3 Cabriolet (Due April):
The Audi A3 Cabriolet will go up against the likes of the VW Golf Cabriolet when it arrives in showrooms next April. But unlike the Golf – which loses its roof yet keeps its gawky hatchback shape – the drop-top A3 now comes with a sleek new saloon-based body.
VW e-Golf (Due Spring):
The new e-Golf follows hot on the heels of the e-up! city car, and although it’s not the first or even the most innovative electric family hatch, it could be the car that launches the technology into the mainstream. Powered by a newly developed electric motor that produces the equivalent of 114bhp and 270Nm of torque, the car can match most petrol and diesel Golfs for acceleration.
Jag F-Type Coupe (Due Spring):
It’s probably the best-looking Jaguar in a generation, and the F-Type Coupe promises to deliver even more driving thrills than the brilliant soft-top. It carries over two engines from the Roadster – two supercharged V6s – while topping the Coupe line-up is a new F-Type R. This will use the same fettled V8 as the XFR-S supersaloon, sending 542bhp to the rear wheels and taking the two-door from 0-60mph in four seconds flat.
Lamborghini Huracan (Due June):
After 10 years on sale and endless special editions, Lamborghini is finally poised to release a successor to its 10-year-old Gallardo supercar. As in the car it replaces, the Huracan’s driving experience will be dominated by a mid-mounted V10, although here it will be tuned to delivered more than 600bhp.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (Due Summer):
The expansion of the new 4 Series range will continue next year, with BMW set to introduce a new four-door version of the sleek 3 Series-based coupe. The 4 Series Gran Coupe will follow its 6 Series big brother, with a more rakish appearance and sportier approach than a regular 3 Series, but greater practicality than the standard two-door 4 Series.
Lexus RC (Due Winter):
Lexus is taking the fight to the BMW 4 Series with its attempt at a svelte two-door coupe in the shape of the RC. The name stands for Racing Coupe, and it leaves you in no doubt about what this car is designed to do.
Mercedes S-Class Coupe (Due Summer):
The S-Class Coupe was previewed as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, and it’s set to be revealed in full production form at the Geneva show in March.